Category Archives: Miscellaneous

CM Punk vs. Roderick Strong (ROH – 07/09/2005)

On July 9, 2005 – ten years ago today – CM Punk defended the Ring of Honor World championship against Roderick Strong in New York City in a match that clicked on virtually all cylinders.  Roderick Strong has not been in a better match since and it stands as one of my favorite Punk matches of all-time.  It was one of those great wrestling matches where the circumstances and in-ring work come together to form something unexpectedly memorable. Continue reading

Masakatsu Funaki vs. Tatsuo Nakano (UWF 2.0 – 07/24/1989)

Masakatsu Funaki vs. Tatsuo Nakano
July 24, 1989
Hakata Star Lane

For a match that wraps up in under 10 minutes, there is a lot do it.

Funaki is wrestling his fourth match for UWF 2.0 and already has losses to Yoshiaki Fujiwara and Yoji Anjo, plus a DQ loss to Bob Backlund on his record sheet.  Nakano came up through the original UWF and while by no means a star, is positioned as both the veteran and fan favorite against Funaki.  There is very much an “our guy” versus “this other guy we are unsure about” vibe from the fans throughout.  Continue reading


There are not a lot of musicians I would have faith in to make a solid and thoughtful album about pro wrestling, but John Darnielle and the Mountain Goats are one of them.  So it is pretty awesome that not only … Continue reading